Most people reserve their vegetable gardens for the backyard. But more and more people are starting to use the space in their front yards to grow attractive veggie plants. Front yards often have fewer trees, so they get more sunshine. And few things bring more curb appeal than an attractive vegetable patch. Here tips for growing veggies in your front yard that look — and taste — amazing.
1. Work With Your Space
Have a little spot on the side of your yard that’s out of the way but needs some love? If it gets adequate sun, it might be perfect for growing pumpkins, tomatoes, beans, or zucchini. Also consider easy access to your garden hose, kitchen, or veggie-washing area.
2. Map it Out
Sketch out your front yard and map where you have established beds, driveways, trees, and sprinkler heads. Determine the best spots to grow vegetables. Just like you would plan a flower garden, decide where you should plant taller, bushier plants as opposed to vines or smaller plants. Also, make sure you have room to weed and harvest.
3. Choose Your Plants
For your front yard, you’ll want to consider more than your harvest. You’ll also want to consider what type of foliage will look best, as well as any flowers those plants will get. Another thing to think about is the color, size, and texture of the veggies you’re growing. Plants with especially attractive foliage include chard, lettuces, kale, rhubarb, artichokes, and zucchini or pumpkins. For pretty flowers, think about sun gold tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, blueberries, and scarlet runner beans.